International Scholarships and Funding


The Holland Scholarship Programme

This is a scholarship for non-EEA students who are not eligible for any student funding in The Netherlands. The award amount is €5000 and is awarded for the first year of study in a full bachelor’s programme. This is a competitive programme.
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USA: GI Bill

Leiden University is participating in the GI-Bill Benefits programme which is provided by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Our International Studies and Leiden University College: Global Challenges programme are currently eligible for this funding. For students interested in another programme, they can apply to the programme and indicate to us that they wish to use their GI Bill funding. Leiden University can then submit a request to Veterans Affairs on their behalf. This request can take up to 9 months to complete in the USA.
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USA: Sallie Mae

SallieMae is a loan provider in the US, who offers private loans to US students to cover their costs for their study period abroad. All of our programmes are eligible to receive loan funding from Sallie Mae.
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Leiden University does not participate in any kind of Federal Loan Programme: e.g. Federal Stafford Loans (= FFELP, Stafford and Stafford Plus Loans), 529 Savings Plan or Direct Loan Program. Please note: Leiden University has decided not to participate in the loan programmes provided by the US Department of Education.

EU Funding

As of 1 September 2015 a new student finance system applies to students in university. There are no longer any grants available. Dutch and other EU citizens/residents can now apply for a loan with a maximum of € 1,016.- per month (€ 1.667,- in case of institutional fee). Students can decide how much loan they need for your living costs and tuition fees.

The amount of € 1,016.- includes a possible supplementary grant. This grant depends on parental income and has a maximum height of € 378.-. This supplementary grant is converted into a gift if you graduate within 10 years. The repayment phase will be increased from 15 to 35 years.

Students must have a Dutch social security number to apply and the processing can take up to 3 months.
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